Towards Integrated Assessment of Gender Relations in Farming Systems Analysis
Wageningen University, Farming Systems Ecology Group, The Netherlands
Gender sensitivity in agricultural research and development is considered to be crucial for effectively contributing to gender equity, but also for improving the effectiveness of agricultural interventions in terms of poverty alleviation and improvement of household nutrition. Yet farming systems research often neglects the analysis of gender relations even when working in the context of smallholder households. More than 30 years of research have repeatedly revealed that women hold an important role in smallholder agricultural production. In many cases, women contribute the majority of agricultural labour and are responsible for certain domains of production on which they have special local knowledge. Their responsibility for household nutrition has often been emphasized. Yet, because farming systems analysis and the modelling tools used for it often focus only on biophysical and economic data, womens special needs, preferences and constraints are not considered when innovations for the design or improvement of farming systems are developed. Therefore it is the aim of this study to show options for integrating the analysis of gender relations in farming systems research.
Keywords: Farming systems analysis, gender, conceptual framework
Contact Address: Karoline Hemminger, Wageningen University, Farming Systems Ecology Group, P.o.Box 563 AN, Wageningen, The Netherlands, e-mail: karoline.hemmingerweb.de